Most have, at some point or another, asked ourselves what is the safest car? This may be while riding with our teenage daughter for the first time, or a passing thought when you take your baby home from the hospital. The good news is that increased safety features are causing auto-related fatalities to decline steadily. The cars on this list are part of the reason why.
Leading Cars in Safety
If one brand has built a reputation on having the safest cars, it’s Volvo. The S80 is one of the top safest cars in every study done in the United States on the subject. From its large mass, big brakes, and stiff frame, to the industry leading sensors and computers that assist in safe driving that Volvo puts in all their vehicles, you can’t go wrong with a Volvo S80.
Subaru is another leader in car safety, as all five of its models on sale in the US won the IIHS top safety pick. Among small cars, you can’t get safer than the Subaru Impreza. With electronic stability, a great ABS system, and all wheel drive, the Impreza makes for an all around safe and fun vehicle.
Get used to Volvo on these lists. The XC60 is not only safe due to all the features that come standard on every Volvo vehicle, like blind spot assist. It also is the only car on the road to have automatic braking. If the car senses that you aren’t going to be able to stop in time to avoid the object in front of you, the car automatically applies the brakes to stop you from a collision.
Safest SUVS on the Road
If SUVs are more your style, then check out the Honda CR-V, one of the safest SUVs on the market today. Both safe and affordable, the CR-V gets high praise for three-point seatbelts for every passenger, as well as side curtain airbags that extend all the way to the rear passengers if the vehicle detects a rollover in progress.
Surprise! There’s another Volvo in the top safest SUVs list. The XC90 comes standard with the most advanced electronic stability control system on the market, which not only prevents loss of control, but stops drivers from making maneuvers that can lead to a rollover, which is the leading cause of fatalities with SUVs. In addition, blind spot detection, all wheel drive, and six standard airbags round out a very safe offering from Volvo.
The last model on our list is the redesigned Buick Enclave. With OnStar crash notification standard on this luxury SUV, the Enclave also boasts a reverse camera, rear park assist sensors and articulating headlights. In addition, the Enclave has scored five star crash test ratings by the NHSTA. Luxury and safety have never looked so good together!
Whether looking for a first car for your children, or looking for a big SUV to cart people around to soccer practice, take a good look at these very safe cars and SUVs when making your purchase.